Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing
Based on interviews with pastors of growing churches, as well as personal experience, this book identifies the most common mistakes pastors make that keep otherwise healthy churches from reaping the harvest God has prepared. Each chapter spotlights a common mistake, gives real-life examples, uses a generous dose of humor, and provides a practical course of action to recover from the error. The book draws from the experience of Seacoast Church as well as pastors such as Craig Groeschel, Chris Hodges, Perry Nobel, Mark Batterson, Dave Ferguson, Scott Chapman, Dino Rizzo, Ron Hamilton, and Dave Browning, Church leaders will be encouraged to realize that they are not the only ones who struggle, and that turning their situation around may not be as daunting a task as they think. This is a field guide for the common pastor based on actual churches of all sizes.
About the Author
Geoff Surratt is on staff of Seacoast Church, a successful and high-visibility multi-site church. Geoff has twenty-four years of ministry experience in churches. Along with his wife and two children, he lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He is coauthor of The Multi-Site Church Revolution and author of Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing.
Geoff Surratt knows what it takes to grow and build a healthy church—he’s done it as an integral part of the ministry team at Seacoast Church. Now he pulls back the curtain to let us in on the painful lessons he learned along the way and shows us how to avoid making the same missteps. It’s a helpful read that just might save your church, your ministry, or your marriage. – Larry Osborne
Geoff Surratt has profound insights into the inner workings of the church. And he unpacks them in ways that are both practical and inspirational. – Mark Batterson
A veteran pastor once instructed me, “Take God seriously. Just don’t take yourself seriously.” Geoff strikes that balance with wit and wisdom. Any growth-oriented pastor will benefit from this book and probably will get a few belly laughs out of it too! The laughter helps the medicine go down. – David Browning
Ten Stupid Things is an idiot’s guide to church and ministry—and that’s a good thing! Surratt’s passionate style, pithy writing, and examples help us to think about our own situation with fresh eyes. – Ed Stetzer, Author
‘Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing will teach you things you will never learn in seminary but every pastor needs to know. Geoff Surratt brings a fresh, bold, and honest approach to ministry which will help you put the joy back in ministry. You’ll get more than a lesson here – you’ll get real life experiences from successful churches all across the country. – Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor
Most anyone can point out the mistakes pastors make, but only someone with a huge heart for leaders and the local church can offer proven solutions. My friend and advisor Geoff Surratt is just that person. Grab your journal and a fresh pen and get ready to take some notes—this book is like a master’s degree in church leadership! – Nelson Searcy, Lead Pastor